The Pandemic Has Shattered Young People’s Mental Health

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization officially declaring COVID a pandemic, the state of young people’s mental health is in serious trouble.

After many months of isolation, economic instability piling on an already-fraught job market, and the enduring stress of worrying about their and their loved ones’ health, doctors and researchers are reporting a serious downward spiral in young people’s collective psychological well-being, The New York Times reports. These are problems and challenges that face everyone, of course, but younger people seem to be getting hit the hardest.

“Many feel they’re paying the price not of the pandemic, but of the measures taken against the pandemic,” Dr. Nicolas Franck, the head of a psychiatric network in France, told the NYT.Earlier in the spread of COVID, a CDC study fund that over a quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 had contemplated suicide during the pandemic.

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